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Dozens of foreign English teachers arrested, booked for drug crimes

Thirty-seven people, many of them foreigners staying in South Korea as English teachers, have been arrested and booked on charges of smuggling, trading and taking marijuana, police said Wednesday.Those arrested included a South Korean national with U.S. residence, surnamed Shin, as well as...

Updated : 2014.08.20 15:41

Probes underway into more harassment, sexual abuse cases in military

Investigations are under way into more than a dozen newly-reported cases of harassment, and physical and sexual abuse at barracks around the country, the Army said Wednesday, after a spate of such incidents marred the image of the military and sparked public ire.The cases were detected dur...

Updated : 2014.08.20 14:27

Warrants sought for four lawmakers on bribe charges

The prosecution on Tuesday asked the courts in Incheon and Seoul to issue arrest warrants for four lawmakers, suspected of taking kickbacks, to take them into custody.They are Rep. Park Sang-eun...

Updated : 2014.08.19 22:00

[Graphic News] Poorer Koreans face greater obesity risk

Low-income earners are more vulnerable to obesity than those in the middle or high-income brackets in South Korea, according to a study organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.According to the...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:22

[Newsmaker] Safety fears mount over Seoul sinkholes

Five large underground hollows were discovered this week underneath one of Seoul’s road tunnels, city officials said Monday, adding to public concerns over safety sparked by similar discoveries in Se...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:21

Police believe Yoo died from hypothermia

Investigators on Tuesday raised the possibility that Yoo Byung-eun, the late owner of the Sewol ferry, died from hypothermia.During a news briefing over the whereabouts of the late Yoo, who was found ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:13

Actress Song Hye-kyo offers deep regret over tax evasion

South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo on Tuesday apologized for committing tax evasion, stating in a news release that she “deeply regrets mishandling her tax affairs due to ignorance.”Song said that sh...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:10

Park warns against security complacency

President Park Geun-hye cautioned Tuesday against complacency in annual exercises meant to boost capabilities in managing national contingencies amid tensions over North Korea’s missiles and nuclear ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:07

[Herald Interview] Korea expands global presence in eco-friendly technology

The global demand for green products and services has sharply expanded in recent years as the world strives to meet its needs for economic growth and environmental protection.Korea’s environmental in...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:05

Unification can’t solve low birth rate

Unification is not the answer to South Korea’s problem of low birthrates because the event will rather bring down the fertility rate in North Korea than increase the South’s, a U.S. demographic scholar said Monday.Elizabeth Hervey Stephen, a Georgetown University professor, made the pred...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:01

CCTV refutes ex-Jeju prosecutor’s claim

Evidence showed that the former chief of Jeju District Prosecutors’ Office may have lied about his alleged lewd behavior in public, as police said Tuesday he was the only person present at the scene of the crime.Kim Soo-chang, the 52-year-old former senior prosecutor, was taken into custo...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:01

Bereaved families reject rival parties' deal on bill on ferry disaster

The bereaved families of the victims of April's deadly ferry sinking rejected a deal reached by rival parties Tuesday to pass a bill aimed at uncovering the truth behind one of the country's deadliest maritime accidents.The development is a new twist in efforts by President Park Geun-hye's...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:51

Police fail to find out how fugitive ferry owner died

Police said Tuesday that they have failed to determine how the fugitive shipping tycoon blamed for April's ferry disaster died, deepening the mystery surrounding the final days of the country's most wanted man. The body of Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire whose family owns Sewol op...

Updated : 2014.08.19 15:55

Arrest warrant sought for governor's son over alleged military abuse

The military prosecution on Tuesday filed for a warrant to arrest the son of a provincial governor on charges of physically and sexually abusing his subordinates in the military, the Army headquarters said.The 23-year-old Army corporal, who is the eldest son of Gyeonggi Province Governor N...

Updated : 2014.08.19 15:54

Ex-cyber command chiefs charged over online smear campaign

Two former cyber command chiefs have been charged with being involved in the posting of politically biased messages online by their subordinates before the 2012 presidential election, the defense ministry said Tuesday.Yeon Jae-wook and Ok Do-kyung were among 21 former and current officials...

Updated : 2014.08.19 12:35